Azhar Mashwani is a social media activist for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), and his arrest on Thursday prompted party chairman Imran Khan to criticise it.
Imran Khan rushed to Twitter to accuse the authorities of kidnapping Mashwani and wrote: “Enough is enough. Police in Punjab and Islamabad are breaking all laws with impunity as they target PTI. Today Azhar Mashwani was abducted in the afternoon from Lahore and his whereabouts are unknown.” Khan demanded the immediate release of Mashwani.
Also Khan insisted that Senator Shibli Faraz and Omar Sultan had clearance to be inside the Judiciary Complex on March 18, the day the PTI leader went to attend a hearing in the Toshakhana case, and that they were both "badly thrashed" by Islamabad police.